I have a handful of friends who, once dedicated road runners, now give 100% of themselves to trail running (these are my crazy ultra friends like Kate and Anya). When I spend time with trail runners they often say, “Laura, I really don’t know why you are still running the road! I hate road running!” That’s fine and all but I honestly love road running. I also love trail running. Both are incredibly different experiences and suit my needs in a variety of ways.
I’ve been spending a lot more time running trails lately mainly because of the post-run effect on my injury- I was diagnosed with a bone spur on top of my right foot back in June after the SF half and since then, when I complete any road mileage, my foot is left black and blue, swollen, and SO PAINFUL for the next couple days. After I complete a trail run, the spur is still black and blue but the pain just isn’t there- such a relief!
So, after 4 years of road running, I have to admit that the pavement has finally become- for me- more risk than reward… Continue reading →
As soon as I returned from my fabulous vacation in Hawaii, school started for the kids and I have been oh so busy with all that that I haven’t found much time to sit still and just write. I have SO MANY OTHER things to blog about right now (race recap, more giveaways, gear reviews, Nike training update, et cetra) but last night, while I was attending a Positive Coaching Alliance workshop for my kids’ first season in soccer, I was inspired to share some of the things I learned…
After a long day of work and school followed by a hour and a half kiddo soccer practice, I was not too thrilled to attend a workshop from 7pm-9pm last night. Not. At. All. Further, as I didn’t participate in organized sports growing up I couldn’t really relate to or answer any questions that applied to the game of soccer or competition among youth. My mind kept wandering out of boredom but then I found myself taking notes and started applying the principles I was learning towards running. (I’ll work on applying it all to the kids’ soccer too, I swear!)
On August 3rd (way late, I know, I’ve been SO busy!) I completed the EnvirosportsAngel Island 12K and it was such a great day and race! I signed up for the run after being asked by The Guardsmen to join their team and do a little fundraising for the cause and I couldn’t resist. On the heels of my 3 week vacation, I was dubious about the challenge of a trail run like this but was excited to finally participate in a race I’ve wanted to do for several years now!
One of the main reasons I’ve wanted to do this race is, well, Angel Island. LOVE it there, it is so beautiful and there is little that I find more entertaining than that ferry ride out to the island. I’ve never run there before but now I can officially say that I’ve run the perimeter of Angel Island! And this was my first Envirosports race too- I’m an EnviroVirgin no longer!
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Congratulations to you all and I will see you there!!!
And if you didn’t get into the race for 2013, never fear- I will be setting up a Group I.D. again for the 2014 Nike SF lottery so there is hope for you yet! Be sure to follow Running4theReason to stay in the loop!
Thank you again to Whole Foods for the opportunity, thanks to everyone for reading and participating, and most of all Happy Running to everyone!!!!
I realize today is Monday but I had such a great day yesterday that I wanted to share it with you yesterday but didn’t quite get around to it! Anyhoo, Saturday I woke up with a tummy bug and basically slept the entire day away- I HATE it when that happens- so I was determined to make Sunday a great day. And that I did!
Kicked Sunday off with a long, blissful trail run at Redwood Park in Oakland. Because I wasn’t feeling completely 100% I told myself anywhere between 5-7 miles would be fine but after I ran (literally!) into a couple friends running the Skyline 50K, I got distracted and lost. Missed a turn somewhere and ran 9 very hilly miles total trying to find the trail that led me back to the car.
I haven’t been able to run a Color Run yet, but have seen the run pictures from family and friends. Looks like so much fun! Totally looking forward to a chance to get blasted with color and have an amazing time with the friends, family and our awesome Bay Area running community.
I woke up this morning with a tummy bug and am not feeling very well at ALL, ugh- yes, I skipped my long run, yes I am very upset about that but hopeful for tomorrow! As I was on my way to die a slow miserable death horizontally on the couch I checked my email and was happy to see that Whole Foods Market had reached out to me, offering a give away of FIVE(yes, 5- I keep re-reading the email and it still says 5!!!)slots to the sold out 10th anniversary running of the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco this October 20th.
Please note that this give away is just for a ticket to register, NOT a paid entry to the race- winners will have to pay for their own entry, transportation, commemorative schwag, etc.
I know you know this will be my 4th Nike race and I know you know that I put together a group ID for the Nike lottery in June- and WE ALL (over 200!) GOT IN!!!!- so if you decided not to register for Nike SF via my group yet now wish you had, you still have a chance!!!! Continue reading →